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UFL Hartford Colonials May Be On Verge Of Folding As League Weighs Future

UFL considering several cost-cutting scenarios, including contraction
While rumors among some employees of the Hartford Colonials "were spreading Wednesday morning that the UFL team was folding, league officials say nothing is decided," according to Paul Doyle of the HARTFORD COURANT. A league source said that the UFL "is considering several scenarios to cut costs, including the reduction from five to four teams." One possibility "would have the Colonials folding and owner William Mayer taking over the Virginia franchise and another has Virginia suspending operations." Colonials GM & coach Jerry Glanville said, "All I know is we want to save this thing. The league, the team ... all of the above." Glanville added he should "know more next week." UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said that rumors "have been floating because the league is considering many scenarios." Huyghue: "The pundits are all making large [guesstimates] as to what will happen. The only thing that's happened is, we've pushed the season back 30 days. ... We haven't made any decisions about what we are doing, whether we are adding teams, reducing teams, decreasing the season. All of that's being decided. Our expectation is to move forward August 15" (HARTFORD COURANT, 7/28).
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